Outside Scholarships and Veterans Benefits

Outside Scholarships

Throughout the year, the financial aid office receives announcements from the legal community with scholarship opportunities. Below is the list of the current announcements. For more information on the individual scholarships, feel free to contact the agency directly.

Judge Arthur E Wallace Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to a law student who has ties to Kern County and who exemplifies the attributes that caused Judge Wallace to be greatly respected and admired. Please have applications sent to 1112 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA  93301. For more information please see the application.  

Deadline: February 15, 2016

Amount: Varies

California Bar Foundation 3L Diversity Scholarship

By alleviating the costs associated with taking the California Bar Exam, the 3L Diversity Scholarship addresses a critical financial need for many aspiring diverse public interest lawyers.  Diversity includes a broad array of backgrounds and life experiences, including students from groups or with skills or attributes that are underrepresented in the legal profession, and specifically including students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the 3L Diversity Scholarship, each spring the Foundation awards BarBri Bar exam review courses (valued at more than $4,000) and cash awards to recent and soon-to-be graduates of California law schools. For more information please see the application.

Deadline: February 16, 2016 (5 p.m. PST)

Amount: Varies

WLALA Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant

The WLALA Foundation is a non-profit charitable corporation established by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (“WLALA”) to increase the utility of the law as an instrument of social justice.  The WLALA Foundation’s Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant program enables law students to devote time to public interest projects and exposes them to legal and social concerns of disadvantaged citizens that are not ordinarily experienced in traditional law practices.  The Grant program is designed not to support a summer public interest job, as worthy as one is, but rather to fund a particular project with a tangible outcome. For more information, please see the WLALA website.

Deadline: March 10, 2016 (5 p.m. PST)

Amount: $5,000

Serbian Bar Association of America Scholarship

The SBAA provides scholarships every year to persons of Serbian birth or ancestry and/or their spouses who are enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States.  For more information, please see the application.

Deadline: March 18, 2016

Amount: Varies

Jewish Vocational Service Scholarship Program 

A need-based program providing scholarships for college and graduate school for Jewish students who are permanent residents of Los Angeles County. 

More information is available on the JVS website.

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Amount: $500 to $5,000

Mike Eidson Scholarship

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it.  The Scholarship, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. To apply complete the application and verification form

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Amount: $5,000

The Expert Institute's 3rd Annual Legal Writing Scholarship

The Expert Institute is offering a $2,000 scholarship for the best legal blog post written by a law student on the topic of expert witnesses.To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through the online submission portal.  For portal access and more information please see the website

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Amount: $2,000

Writing Competitions

Students can also win monetary prizes and a chance to be published through various writing competitions. Check the writing competitions web page for a list of opportunities.

Veterans Benefits

All School of Law programs are approved for veterans' benefits. Eligible students should contact their regional V.A. office.

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